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Boro not expecting loan deals this week
TONY MOWBRAY is ready to dip in to the loan market when he thinks it could benefit Middlesbrough but there is unlikely to be more new arrivals before this Saturday’s long trip to Ipswich Town.
Boro are waiting to hear if an application for international clearance has been successful for deadline day recruit Kei Kamara to include him in the squad which travels to Suffolk on Friday.
Mowbray is also expecting the other new signing, Jacob Butterfield, to be involved at Portman Road, less than two weeks after his move from the Tractor Boys’ local rivals Norwich City.
The Middlesbrough boss is still on the look out for a new striker to bolster his attacking options, but the versatility of Kamara has lessened the urgency for a new face.
Norwich front-man Luciano Becchio and Southampton’s Billy Sharp are two of the strikers to be mentioned as possible loan arrivals.
But, despite the opening of the emergency loan window for Football League clubs this week, there is no rush for Mowbray to strike a deal, although that could change game-to-game.
Middlesbrough are not planning on having any further new faces in the squad to face Ipswich, although the manager would still prefer to have an extra defensive option too.
Norwich’s Daniel Ayala, who was reluctant to move to the Riverside before the September 2 transfer deadline, is still on the radar, as is the more expensive West Brom defender Craig Dawson.
Middlesbrough have been waiting to see confirmation of Premier League clubs’ 25-man squads. There is, though, still a preference on Mowbray’s part to set up permanent switches rather than agree to 93-day loans during this period.
There have been signs of progress recently, despite winning just one of their opening five Championship fixtures.
And it is hoped the acquisitions of Kamara, who has been on international duty with Sierra Leone, and Butterfield give the squad a boost to help them close the gap to the top six having drawn three of their opening games.
Boro defender Seb Hines made his long awaited return to action in an Under-21s training ground friendly against Sheffield United yesterday.
Hines, who has been sidelined since knee surgery in April, came through an hour against the Blades as his first team comeback edges closer.
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